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Newroads Evening with Eric LeGrand a Smashing Success!!!

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Two time time NY Giants Super Bowl Champ Eric Dorsey came out to support the cause and chatted with a few young fans. Photo by Brian Hester

Newroads Financial Group hosted the 7th Annual An Evening with Eric LeGrand last evening at the Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, NJ to help former Rutgers football standout Eric LeGrand raise awareness of and funding for spinal cord injury research. Newroads President, Jason Newcomb and Newroads Partner Ron Garutti Jr., both proud Rutgers Alumni started this event 7 years ago with the intention that it would be held one time to help Eric launch Team LeGrand, his chapter in the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Eric LeGrand signs a jersey held by his mother Karen as John Rivers looks on. The jersey was auctioned off later in the evening as a part of the fundraiser. Photo by Brian Hester

Eric was injured making a tackle in a game between Rutgers and Army art Giants stadium nine years ago which left him paralyzed. In the time since this accident Eric has gone on to become an author, sports broadcaster, clothing designer, motivational speaker and more importantly and inspirational force in the world. He fights tirelessly to raise funds for and awareness of spinal cord injury research.

For more on Eric please visit his sites Eric LeGrand and for his fashion line visit Shop 52 Also see Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

Hundreds of incredible items, such as these cleats worn by two time Superbowl Champ Logan Ryan were available for bid in a silent auction. Photo by Brian Hester
This bat, autographed by legendary New York Yankees Captain and future MLB Hall of Fame member Derek Jeter generated a fierce bidding war when featured in the live auction portion of the event. Photo by Brian Hester

Event organizer and Rutgers Super Alumni Jason Newcomb had this to say of the evening; It’s amazing to look back after 7 years of hosting “An Evening with Eric LeGrand,” and think that this was supposed to be a one-time event.  The outpouring of support for such an inspirational man continues to be overwhelming.  Every year we think that perhaps this is the year where we lose a little momentum, but instead the event only continues to grow.  We were at MetLife Stadium that October day 9 years ago, and made the (easy) decision to join the fight for those living with paralysis.  After last night’s event, we have now helped raise over $330,000 towards this critical cause and can’t wait for the day where we get to see Eric walk across the field to finish that play!  Until then, it is our pleasure and honor to continue to do our small part to help find a cure for spinal cord injury.  We hope that you are able to join us for next year’s event on 11.5.20!

Newroads President and Rutgers Alumni Jason Newcomb, works the crowd and drives up donations at the event. Photo by Brian Hester

Jason is one of the biggest Rutgers boosters I have met to date, attending and supporting any nature of Rutgers sports as well as actively supporting alumni clubs and functions. As a photographer covering Rutgers Football I can not recall the last time that Jason missed a game. His business partner Ron Garutti Jr. is also part of the much larger Rutgers family and works tirelessly to put together this event each year. As a Rutgers alumni myself I felt the need to care for our own when Eric was injured as did so many members of our Scarlet Knight community. I have offered my services as a photographer and have covered countless fund raising events that Eric has held over the years, from the corn hole tournament this past summer to his zumba event to his flag football tournaments to newest signature event, kickboxing at CKO.

Newroads Partner and Rutgers Alumni Ron Garutti Jr. takes a break from his hands on management of the event to pose for a quick photo with Karen LeGrand. Photo by Brian Hester
Rutgers interim head football coach Nunzio Campanile and assistant coach Rick Mantz were just two of many members of the Rutgers family that came out to show support for Eric LeGrand, center. Photo by Brian Hester
Rutgers AD Pat Hobbs shows off the newest item in Eric’s fashion line, the white Roll Model 52 tee shirt. AD Hobbs has gone above and beyond in offering the full support of the University in honoring all of Eric’s requests for access and assistance. Photo by Brian Hester
Rutgers Alumni and major boosters Ron Garuitti and his wife Joanna pose for a photo with Rutgers broadcast legend Chris Carlin Photo by Brian Hester

Having covered dozens of Eric’s events over the past 9 years I consider myself blessed to work alongside Team LeGrand. Eric’s unflappable inspiration is only ever overshadowed by his constant smile. Always willing to stop and take time to talk to fans and supporters Eric goes out of his way to offer words of encouragement to others that have suffered spinal cord injuries. At one event many years ago I witnessed firsthand as Eric had a long conversation with a young boy that had recently become paralyzed. The event organizers were trying to keep to the schedule and needed to get Eric to address the waiting crowd. As they tried to pull Eric away he waved them off. Three times. Finally the young mans mother told him that he had to stop chatting so that Eric could get on with the event. They young man, didn’t look older than 12, asked Eric if he could get his phone number as he was leaving. The boys mother interjected telling her son, “oh he can’t do that”. But Eric said,”Why not?” and he made sure to get the boy his personal cell number before leaving to address the crowd. This is Eric LeGrand. This is Rutgers. This is the spirit of “R” family. This is volunteers such as Jason, and Ron, hosting this huge event each year.

Some Rutgers Scarlet Knights appeared via memorabilia such as LA Rams second year nose tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day who donated a signed jersey, seen at rear of room. Photo by Brian Hester
Members of Team LeGrand / Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation man the Shop 52 table at the event. Eric’s latest venture, his new clothing line “Roll Model 52” has been a big success thus far with many A-List celebs sporting the line on social media. Photo by Brian Hester
Bryan Cranston, pictured here sporting his Roll Model 52 tee. Eric was a consultant on the film The Upside staring Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman. Photo from Mr. Cranstons’ Instagram

Eric gave an inspiring speech as he always does. He was joined on the stage by Ron Gold. Ron provided inspirational words as well. Describing his ordeal and how he manages the changes. He told a harrowing tale of his newest sports passion and how he ended up capsized while strapped into a specially outfitted water craft. He then reveled how that did not deter him from pursuing his new passion as he announced that he had recently won a competition and then he proudly displayed his medal. Most of us may have given up after the capsizing incident but Ron, much like Eric is one of those rare people that not only persevere but push other to do better.

Speaker Ron Gold is seen addressing the crowd as Eric LeGrand sits to his left. Photo by Brian Hester
Ron Gold smiles as he shows off his medal and his courage. Photo by Brian Hester
Chris Carlin auctions off the Derek Jeter bat, which created an amazing bidding war before finally being sold for a great price all to raise money for spinal cord injury research. Photo by Brian Hester
Eric seen here addressing the crowd and providing words of inspiration. Photo by Brian Hester
Ron Garutti Jr. world renowned club entertainer DJ Yoshi, Chris Carlin and DJ Yoshi’s wife Melissa Photo by Brian Hester
Karen LeGrand, Eric’s mother, is all smiles after being mentioned by Eric as the person that always inspires him. Photo by Brian Hester
After several hours of the event Eric is still all smiles as he posses for a photo with Chris Carlin after the event. Photo by Brian Hester

There just aren’t enough word to thank the amazing Newroads team for all of their hard work and dedication in support of Eric and all those effected by spinal cord injury. Well done!!!

The amazing Newroads team take break from their excellent work of organizing and running the event to pose for a photo with Eric. Photo by Brian Hester
As Eric makes his way to the stage to speak his mother, Karen, can be seen in the background. Karen is always there behind Eric. Photo by Brian Hester

To see additional photos please check the gallery below. For an album of all event photos that can be shared to social media or downloaded, low-res only, click here.

Brian Hester is a New York City based freelance photographer covering any nature of event including but not limited to; breaking news, sports, entertainment, fashion, nature and whatever may catch his wandering eye. Since 2011 Brian, has been covering community events and high school sports for North Jersey Media Group and their successor Gannett USA Today. His clients include Rutgers University and Monmouth Athletics. ​You can see more of his work at www.brianbehindthelens.com

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Kelley Curran and Frank Wood

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We are so pleased to announce our guest this week are Kelley Curran and Frank Wood

Kelley Curran

Kelley can be seen, as Turner, in Julian Fellowes The Gilded Age for HBO. Prior to the intricate characters she will now tackle in The Meeting: The Interpreter, she appeared off-Broadway in Half-God of Rainfall at NYTW; at The Public Theater opposite Glenn Close in Mother of the Maid, and as Clytemnestra in Ellen McLaughlin’s world premiere of The Oresteia at The Shakespeare Theatre Company. Kelley has also appeared on Broadway in Present Laughter with Kevin Kline, and at The Signature Theatre, Classic Stage Company, Theatre For a New Audience, and LAByrinth Theatre Company, among others. She made her network television debut on NBC’s The Blacklist, and recently appeared on the CBS drama God Friended Me. In 2019 she made her feature film debut in The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot.  Kelley was nominated for a SAG Award, won The Callaway Award, Emery Battis Award, NTC Emerging Professional Award, and in 2016 was nominated for a Drama League Award alongside Lupita Nyong’o, Michelle Williams and Lin Manuel-Miranda. She has also been nominated for both a Princess Grace and Helen Hayes Award.

Frank Wood

Frank Wood was first celebrated for his work on the Broadway production of Side Man, a performance that earned him both a Tony Award and a Drama League Award. His portrayal of Gene, a jazz musician grappling with personal and professional turmoil, highlighted his profound emotional depth and versatility. It’s a role that parallels the soul searching experience of The Interpreter in many profound ways. Wood has an impressive array of Broadway credits, including notable performances in The Great Society, Network, The Iceman Cometh, Clybourne Park, August: Osage County, Born Yesterday, and Hollywood Arms. Off-Broadway, he earned a Lucille Lortel nomination for Toros at Second Stage and has graced stages at Signature Theatre, Vineyard Theatre, Lincoln Center, Atlantic Theater Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Playwrights Horizons. His filmography includes roles in acclaimed films such as She Said, Joker, St. Vincent, Changeling, Dan in Real Life, Thirteen Days, In America, Down to You, and The Royal Tenenbaums. On TV, he appeared in series like Billions, The Blacklist, The Night Of, Mozart in the Jungle, The Newsroom, Girls, Flight of the Conchords, The Sopranos, and had a recurring role on

Law & Order: SVU.
These Two brilliant actors are starring in The Meeting: The Interpreter, a new play written by Catherine Gropper and directed by Brian Mertes, Previews begin Monday, July 29 with an opening night set for Sunday, August 4 at the Theatre at St. Clements 423 W 46th Street .

Set against the backdrop of the infamous Trump Tower Meeting of 2016, the play tells the story of an international interpreter thrown up against government systems of congressional and senate interrogations, catapulting him into circumstances beyond his control. “This man could be everyman … one of us,” says playwright Catherine Gropper.

This play is about the loss of individuality and privacy is based on actual events (a chance meeting between the playwright and an actual government interpreter). This two-person play supports a cast of thousands thanks to Mertes’ production scheme including puppetry, film sequences, projections, and intricate lighting and sound.

We are so proud and thrilled that Variety Entertainment News named us one of Summer’s Best Picks in the category of Best Television, Radio, Podcasts.

Host Suzanna Bowling was also just named Most Engaging Hosts on TV, Radio and Podcasts on “The Daily Geek Report.” We are so grateful.

“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents ”, is a show filmed at the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. To see our past episodes; First episode click here second episode click here,  third episode click here, fourth episode click here, fifth episode click here, sixth episode here, seventh episode here, eighth episode here, ninth episode here, tenth episode here, eleventh episode here, our twelfth episode here, thirteenth episode here, fourteenth here, fifteenth here , 16th here, 17th here, 18th here, 19th here, 20th here, 21st here and 22nd here.

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Disney Broadway In Bryant Park Part Two

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106.7 LITE FM’s brought Disney to Broadway in Bryant Park. We brought you the video and now the pictures so you are there.

Tshidi Manye

Jackie Rene

Jackie Rene and Gilbert Domally

Jackie Rene and Gilbert Domally

Jackie Rene and Gilbert Domally

Jackie Rene and Tshidi Manye

Jackie Rene and Tshidi Manye

Tshidi Manye and Gilbert Domally

Tshidi Manye and Gilbert Domally

Jim Ferris, Gilbert Domally and Ben Jeffrey

Jim Ferris, Gilbert Domally and Ben Jeffrey

Jim Ferris, Gilbert Domally and Ben Jeffrey

Ben Jeffrey, Jackie Rene, Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris and Gilbert Domally

Gilbert Domally, Jackie Rene, Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris and Ben Jeffrey

The Lion King’s Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Jackie René, Ben Jeffrey and Gilbert Domally

Charissa Hogeland

Charissa Hogeland

Chad Burris

Frozen’s Charissa Hogeland and Chad Burris

Michael James Scott

Adi Roy

Adi Roy

Michael James Scott, Adi Roy

Michael James Scott, Adi Roy

Sonya Balsara

Sonya Balsara

Adi Roy, Sonya Balsara

Sonya Balsara, Adi Roy

Adi Roy, Sonya Balsara

from Aladdin‘s Michael James Scott, Sonya Balsara and Adi Roy

106.7 Lite FM’s Hosts-Paul Cubby Bryant and Christine Nagy

Paul Cubby Bryant and Christine Nagy

The hosts were Paul ‘Cubby’ Bryant and Christine Nagy.

Chad Burris, Charissa Hogeland, Ben Jeffrey, Jackie Rene, Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris and Gilbert Domally

Chad Burris, Gilbert Domally, Jackie Rene. Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Charissa Hogeland, Ben Jeffrey, Sonya Balsara, Adi Roy and Michael James Scott

Chad Burris, Gilbert Domally, Jackie Rene. Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Charissa Hogeland, Ben Jeffrey, Sonya Balsara, Adi Roy and Michael James Scott

Chad Burris, Gilbert Domally, Jackie Rene. Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Charissa Hogeland, Ben Jeffrey, Sonya Balsara, Adi Roy and Michael James Scott

 

 

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Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe applauds Infolist’s CEO Jeff Gund, even my friend E! TV-Founder Larry Namer joined this VIP event.

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H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe at Jeff Gund Infolist Red Carpet Event

One of the first people I met in Hollywood was Jeff Gund. He runs Infolist and is the secret superhero of the entertainment industry. His network connects actors with directors, casting agents with producers and production companies with networks. watching my friend Jeff working endlessly to make The Industry in Hollywood an awesome and connected place, I am always speechless how he rocks his Red-Carpet extravaganzas. He personally invited me to attend his Infolist.com Red Carpet Pre Comic-Con Bash and it was spectacular.

E! Television Founder Larry Namer and H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe

Having just messaged with my friend Larry Namer, the nicest of the uber-accomplished Hollywood Moguls  – he founded E! Television – I was happy to see him there and he was the indicator for a great Red-Carpet event. My parents Prince Waldemar and Princess Antonia zu Schaumburg-Lippe have attended an Infolist event with me years ago and its just great fun to see so many industry friends again and meet new ones like Colin Ford from The Hill, Jordan Roman or Leckie Roberts. And all those news: Gennadiy Photography has a new pageant event coming up at the Taglyan, where i opened LA Fashion Week. Silvia Masera is branching out her Gala Events to Europe. And many new celebrity shows popped up on the red carpet, with wonderful hosts.

Infolist CEO Jeff Gund with H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe

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The Glorious Corner

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G.H. Harding

24 BACK — (Via TV Line) The clock is ticking (again): A movie adaptation of the hit Fox drama 24  is in early development at 20th Century Studios, our sister site Variety reports.

Keifer Sutherland

Brian Grazer, who executive-produced the original series, teased the prospect of a film version in a June interview with MSNBC’s Squawk Box. In a discussion of different legacy IP brands at his production company Imagine Entertainment, Grazer mentioned a 24 movie in the works “that we’re going to do in a very interesting way with Disney and Fox.”

The project is still in the very early stages, though, so there’s no word yet if Keifer Sutherland will return to reprise his role as counterterrorism agent Jack Bauer in the film. Sutherland starred as Bauer during 24′s original run, which aired for eight seasons on Fox beginning in 2001. The real-time thriller became a hit and won a number of awards, including Emmys for best drama series and for Sutherland as best lead actor in a drama. Sutherland returned as Bauer for the limited series 24: Live Another Day, which aired in 2014. Fox also tried a spinoff, 24: Legacy, in 2017 — with Corey Hawkins taking over the lead role — but that was scrapped after a single season.

The way I see if – and, as a longtime fan of both the show and Sutherland – is that if Keifer is not there, it’s not worth doing. Agreed?

Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford


SHORT TAKES — I watched an interview with Kathie Lee Gifford on Today Wednesday and didn’t even recognize her. Check out the clip here: https://www.today.com/health/news/kathie-lee-gifford-hip-surgery-rcna162079 … Great Micky Dolenz interview from the Monterey Country NOW by Dave FariesMicky Dolenz of The Monkees – and much more – still thrives on stage with songs and stories. | Music | montereycountynow.com

Brad Balfour (Film Festival Traveler) interviewed Steven J. Immerman on his In Search Of Pleasure Island tome this week… Home Depot loads in their Halloween-toys and treats this weekend. It may seem a bit early, but October will here before you know it. A PR-source of ours was about to work on a Halloween-movie coming out in September and had a co-promotion event with the store and the movie; then it all fell apart. Seems to me this would have been a superb tie-in … One of the great A&R men of them all Ed Rosneblatt passed this week in LA. From Peter Gabriel to Madonna to Neil Young; Eddie had a hand in it. Take a look at this story from Hits:https://hitsdailydouble.com/news&id=341939&title=EDDIE-ROSENBLATT-1934-2024 

Cameron Crowe

Meryl Streep is set to essay Joni Mitchell in a film by Cameron Crowe. Big news for sure. Crowe’s Almost Famous is a stone-called classic; as is Crowe …

Francis Ford Coppola

This year’s Kennedy Center Honors will be awarded to director Francis Ford Coppola, rock band Grateful Dead, blues and rock singer-songwriter Bonnie Raitt, jazz trumpeter, pianist and composer Arturo Sandoval and the venue The Apollo. The ceremony will take place on Dec. 8, for broadcast on Dec. 23 …

We haven’t weighed in on Apple +’s Presumed Innocent; the re-working of Scott Turow’s book (in 1987) and movie (in 1990), but the finale is next week and the show’s just been renewed for a second season. Jake Gyllenhaal has been great, as has Bill Camp, but David E. Kelly’s words have been just off the charts. For me, it’s the best Kelly’s done since Big Little Lies. If you haven’t seen this series yet, watch all the 8 episodes. It’s a gift for sure. Stunningly good … Just received: NYC’s legendary West Bank Cafe will close …

Tom Viola (by Tristan Fuge)

After an extraordinary run of 36 years, Broadway Cares’ Tom Viola is leaving. Bravo Tom! … RIP Bob Newhart!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Hoda Kotb; Roseanna Scotto; Ray ‘Pinky’ Velazquez; Jim Burgess; Stephanie Shepherd; Monica Lynch; Robert Dragatta; Len Berman; Brad Balfour; Jim Milliot; Sue Simmons; Cindy Adams; Liz Smith; Claudia Cohen; Neal Travis; Richard Johnson; Howard Smiley; and SADIE!

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Disney Broadway In Bryant Park

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106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park brought Disney to its 2024 program. The Bryant Park stage is located at 6th Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets. Lawn seating is first come, first serve.

This weeks performances came from Aladdin‘s Michael James Scott, Sonya Balsara and Adi Roy

Frozen’s Charissa Hogeland and Chad Burris

And The Lion King’s Tshidi Manye, Jim Ferris, Jackie René, Ben Jeffrey and Gilbert Domally

The hosts were Paul ‘Cubby’ Bryant and Christine Nagy.

 

 

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